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Chicago’s World Class Museums drawing the crowds

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As highlighted in my @BlooloopFacts Twitter feed on the Blooloop News page last month, approaching eight million people visited the 10 Chicago institutions that comprise “Museums In the Park” (MIP) – a coalition of Chicago museums located on Chicago Park District property – in 2010.  Furthermore, over 1 million school children visited as part of organised field trips and an additional million guests experienced one or more of the MIP museums for free.

The table below table provides attendance details for these museums’ on-site attendance for 2010 , showing that total attendance was 7, 853, 917, a 5% decline over 2009 attendance.  

chicago museums 2010 attendance data graphic

With the inclusion of the additional four world class institutions which alongside the ten museums in MIP are included in a second organisation, “Museums Work for Chicago” , the attendance increases tomuseums work for chicago logo 14, 437, 986 and the attendance decline falls from 5 to 3%. The additional 4 museums and the 2010 annual attendance are as follows:

Chicago Botanical Garden    904, 864

Chicago Children’s Museum    396, 140

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo    2, 283, 065

Lincoln Park Zoo*    3, 000, 000

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